5 Things to do in Edmonton this weekend

This weekend offers plenty of films, fans, discovery and duct tape for Edmontonians.
"I'm a man, but I can change, If I have to, I guess." Steve Smith's legendary Red Green — and his duct tape — roll into town on Saturday. (CBC)

This weekend offers plenty of films, fans, discovery and duct tape for Edmontonians.

Edmonton International Film Festival

What: The 27th annual Edmonton International Film Festival kicks off with nine straight days of indie film viewing for the cinephile. This year’s festival includes 55 feature-length films and 110 shorts, the latter lumped together into feature-length packages. The whole thing promises a diverse and unique array of options to suit almost any cinematic taste. And the best part is — each and every one of the EIFF films are Edmonton premieres, practically guaranteeing a spoiler-free viewing experience. Tickets are available online and at recognized EIFF vendors.

When? Sept. 26 through Oct. 5

Faculty of Arts presents: Anna Maria Tremonti

The respected former war correspondent and CBC Radio host speaks at the U of A on Friday. (CBC)
What: As the award-winning host of the CBC Radio's The Current, Anna Maria Tremonti is one of Canada’s best-known and most widely-respected media voices. Speaking at the U of A’s Myer Horowitz theatre, the former foreign and war correspondent will talk about how 30 years of reporting across Canada and the world have shaped her unique and enviably broad world view. Tickets are $15.

When? Friday Sept. 27, 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.

Alberta Culture Days

What: From its 2008 roots as a one-day event celebrating the best of Alberta’s arts and cultural communities, Culture Days has grown into a three-day, province-wide extravaganza attended by thousands. This year includes 1,225 unique cultural, heritage, artistic or outdoor happenings — 268 in Edmonton. If that prospect seems daunting to you, you can use this app to ensure you get the most of of your weekend.

When? Friday Sept. 27 to Sunday Sept. 29

Red Green — How To Do Everything Tour

What: From 1991 to 2006, comedian Steve Smith's flannel-clad character taught a generation of would-be handymen that all you really need in this world is enough duct tape. Now, the Red Green Show’s title character is back with a new comedy tour, billing itself as a “brand new show — same Old Guy.” It's packed with stories, jokes, advice and a word we can’t publish on CBC. Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster.

When? Saturday Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo

Jumping Gigawatts! Doc Brown is coming to Edmonton! As long as he keeps his speed well below 88 mph, you should catch a glimpse of him and the DeLorean. (Supplied)
What: Edmonton’s own comic-con is back this year after a hugely successful debut in 2012. This year’s event is at the Edmonton EXPO Centre and brings together everything gloriously nerdy, including vendors, artists, writers and stars from every quirky corner of the global pop culture community. There will be a few celebrities in attendance — including Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), John Barrowman (Dr. Who), and Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown from Back to the Future). Tickets are sold online and also available at the door.

When? Saturday Sept. 28 & Sunday Sept. 29

Have an event you think we’d be interested in? Email caitlin.hanson@cbc.ca.


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